Man Makes Amazing Recovery, Now Filing Stryker Recall Lawsuit
A Winnetka, Illinois man was severely injured in 2007 during a bicycle ride with some friends when his front wheel became disconnected. He was thrown over his handlebars and slammed headfirst onto the pavement. He was paralyzed from the neck down, and his doctors told him that he would never walk again. The man refused to believe that and began an intensive rehabilitation program at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. He had told his friends and relatives that he would walk out of the building at the end of his inpatient stay there, and he did. Leaving his wheelchair at the ground floor elevator, and with the help of a friend, the man walked across the lobby and through the doors of the center to a waiting car.
In 2009, the man climbed 2,109 steps of the Willis Tower in Chicago to the 103rd floor. He has also completed a 3,000-mile cross-country bicycle trip on a recumbent bicycle to raise money for the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago as a way to thank them for their support.
In 2011 the man had a hip replacement done using the Stryker Rejuvenate metal hip. The hip replacement was recalled one year later because of the tendency of the metal to corrode and leach into the bloodstream. If the implant is not removed from his leg and replaced, the man runs the risk of kidney and liver damage.
The man now faces a difficult decision. He can leave the faulty hip replacement in his leg and risk serious damage to his liver and his kidneys, or he can opt to have a surgery to remove the flawed implant. The surgery would involve opening up his leg and breaking the femur. The replacement would need to be chiseled out of the bone. Doctors speculate that the man, who is now 55, may not recover well from this surgery. He is reportedly frustrated with Stryker for selling a medical device that was not properly tested before it was released. After everything he has been through, he now has to choose between sinking back into minimal mobility and harming his organs. He has filed a Stryker recall lawsuit against the designers of the faulty hip replacement.
The Stryker hip implant was designed to help restore mobility to hip replacement patients, but, according to reports and a press release issued by Stryker, the fretting and subsequent corrosion at the modular-neck junction can lead to swelling and pain at the hip joint. Stryker issued a voluntary recall of the Rejuvenate metal-on-metal hip in June 2012.
Many patients across the United States have filed a Stryker recall lawsuit at both state and federal levels. Stryker recall lawsuits claim that the device was not appropriately tested before it was released for sale. A Stryker recall lawsuit may also include the side effects of the device such as difficulty walking and symptoms of metallosis (dangerously high metal ion levels in the bloodstream).
American Injury Attorney Group can help people considering a Stryker recall lawsuit. We can answer any questions regarding a Stryker recall lawsuit, and we can help you decide if you wish to pursue compensation. If you do choose to file a Stryker recall lawsuit, we can connect you with an experienced lawyer for your unique case, all at no upfront cost to you. So contact the American Injury Attorney Group today for your free consultation.